Adelaide United v Melbourne City: match preview
Adelaide United and Melbourne City have developed quite a tasty rivalry in recent seasons and Saturday night promises to be another intriguing clash at Coopers Stadium.
After coming through a mini-slump where they lost four straight matches, the Reds have now won back-to-back matches and appear to be headed in the right direction.
They also have an excellent record in front of their own fans, winning seven of their last 10 matches at Coopers.
Gertjan Verbeek’s side swept four goals past Western United FC last weekend and their attack will be even more formidable on Saturday night as Al Hassan Toure returns from Olyroos duty.
But City arrive in the City of Churches also boosted by the return of some key young Australian stars and currently six points and three places ahead of the Reds.
City’s goalless draw with Perth Glory last weekend has improved their unbeaten run to four matches, but they remain 10 points behind league-leaders Sydney FC.
Erick Mombaerts’ men - who are one goal away from their 400th in the Hyundai A-League - won’t fear taking on the Reds, having lost just one of the last nine games between the clubs in the league.
Saturday, 1 February 2020
Kick-off: 7pm local, 7.30pm AEDT
Venue: Coopers Stadium
Broadcast: FOX Sports 505
Stream: MyFootball Live App, Kayo Sports
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Adelaide United squad: 2.Michael MARRONE, 4.Ryan STRAIN, 5.Michaël MARIA, 7.Ryan KITTO, 8.Riley McGREE, 10.James TROISI, 11.Kristian OPSETH, 14.George BLACKWOOD, 16.Nathan KONSTANDOPOULOS, 17.Nikola MILEUSNIĆ, 18.Lachlan BROOK, 20.Paul IZZO (gk), 22.Michael JAKOBSEN (c), 23.Jordan ELSEY, 26.Ben HALLORAN, 27.Louis D’ARRIGO, 31.Mirko BOLAND, 40.Dakota OCHSENHAM (gk) **0-2 to be omitted**
Ins: 11.Kristian OPSETH (returns from injury), 18.Lachlan BROOK (promoted)
Unavailable: 24.Pacifique NIYONGABIRE (adductor), 29.Kusini YENGI (knee), 30.Isaac RICHARDS (knee), 35.Al Hassan TOURE (foot), 36.Noah SMITH (foot)
Melbourne City FC squad: 1.Tom GLOVER (gk), 2.Scott GALLOWAY, 4.Harrison DELBRIDGE, 5.Jack HENDRY, 6.Josh BRILLANTE, 7.Rostyn GRIFFITHS, 9.Jamie MACLAREN, 10.Florin BERENGUER 11.Craig NOONE, 13.Nathaniel ATKINSON, 14.Markel SUSAETA, 17.Denis GENREAU, 19.Lachlan WALES, 20.Adrian LUNA, 21.Ramy NAJJARINE, 22.Curtis GOOD, 23.Dean BOUZANIS (gk), 30.Moudi NAJJAR, 34.Connor METCALFE, 49.Stefan COLAKOVSKI **2-4 to be omitted**
Ins: 1.Tom GLOVER (returns from international duty), 17.Denis GENREAU (returns from international duty), 21.Ramy NAJJARINE (returns from international duty), 34.Connor METCALFE (returns from international duty)
Outs: 3.Soctt JAMIESON (suspended – 1 week), 46.Joe GAUCI (omitted)
Unavailable: 40.Richard WINDBICHLER (hamstring)
Did you know?
- Adelaide United have won three of their last six Hyundai A-League matches against Melbourne City at Coopers Stadium (D1, L2), despite going into half-time with the lead only once in that period.
- City have lost just two of their last seven Hyundai A-League away matches (W3, D2); although, they’ve kept only two clean sheets on their travels in that time.
- The Reds have had the most touches in the opposition box (425) of any team in the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 Season; indeed, Wellington Phoenix (416) are the only other side with a tally of 400+.
- City striker Jamie Maclaren has scored 10 goals in open play in the Hyundai A-League Season, the most of any player and double the amount of Adelaide United’s best - Riley McGree with five.